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The OA: Empire of Light
Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement... Yes I was planning to watch episode 7 of 'The OA' tomorrow, but... with how short episode 6 was, I'm changing my plans, and this is my review 'Empire of Light'!
THE GIRL WITH THREE NAMES
And we’re back
today with episode seven of the OA, titled ‘Empire of Light’ and
while the previous episode ‘Forking Paths’ focused on HAP and
stuff in the path, this episode was set entirely in the present and
everything coming to ahead… particularly for Steve.
Back when I watched
the first episode, it was clear Steve would go through some character
growth and he has, in this episode we see that he has certainly
changed. He ‘gets with’ the girl in the Alternate learning class,
it’s revealed he’s the only helping the others learn the
movements, since he wants to be a personal trainer its clear he has
insight in how to help others when they can’t do something right,
he’s openly friendly with the rest of the group, even given Buck a
headlock hug when she gives him part of protein bar she got from
French. When the stuff of the kid he punched in the throat comes to
light, he wants to own up to it… and when he’s taken to
Asheville, we see him frighten and scared. The good fortune of Mrs.
BBA with her 50,000 comes into play as she uses it to buy Steve’s
freedom, and in his totally understandable fragile state, he snaps at
Prairie, he’s totally terrified… he even stabs her with a pencil,
but she just hugs and holds him, lets him break down, being something
he hasn’t had someone to let him just be get it out. This was
really well handled in this episode, cause prior to meeting Prairie,
there is no way Steve would just break down the way he did.
breaking, while Able Johnson seems to be more than keen with
Prairie’s progress, Nancy seems a little to eager to want to
medicate her again and her all fears and delusions when they go out
for a family dinner come bursting out, when a random girl takes a
selfie with Prairie, and implying she was ‘beaten and raped’
repeatedly. Prairie does try to tell Nancy what really happened and
what the scars are… but gets slapped for it! But we did learn that
OA stands for Original Angel.
French plays a big
part in this episode, since he works at the restaurant where the
Johnsons and Prairie went to, he gets Prairie out of her and points
out some facts, that she has told them all these things about her
childhood, her ordeal and the other angels… but she didn’t really
tell them about Nancy and Able. Prairie does have a bit of resentment
towards them because they medicated her, but French figures that they
are part of why she is there, because she could’ve gone to be with
Khatun and her Father.
Doubling back a bit
to Ms. BBA, her seeing Steve being taken and deciding to act to
rescue him, trying to come up with an over the top plan for him to
say the Asheville goons are ‘doing bad things to him’ was
unintentional funny, but under the circumstances, one could say that
prior to meeting Prairie, Ms. BBA wouldn’t have tried to help Steve
That said Buck and
Jesse are very underdeveloped as characters which is a shame.
Without question the
stand out performance in this episode goes to Patrick Gibson as
Steve, the gauntlet of character development and scenes he had to
deal with extremely well performed.
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Comic Books that act as an expanded universe for a franchise seen only on TV, Video Games or Movies are pretty cool in my book.
They get to either bring back characters and concepts that were one and done, which provides familiarity and acts like a gateway to get non-comic readers a reason to pick up a comic. Which is the case of this weeks comic: Star Trek The Next Generation #36…
And yeah, I’ve had this copy for years since I don’t have the back cover any more and am Iucky to still have the front cover.
But as you can tell from the cover, it features the return of Ardra.
For those of you who may not know: Ardra was the antagonist in the season four episode, ‘Devil’s Due’, where the Enterprise-D responds to a distress call from a planet that was being tormented by a person claiming to be their Devil. Ardra in actuality is a con-woman who uses her knowledge of the planet’s culture along with devices like transporters, holograms a…